The mission of The Leasing Foundation is to support the business finance industry through personal and professional development.
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Board of Directors

PETER ALDERSON WHITE OAK UK
PATRON JONATHAN ANDREW SIEMENS FINANCIAL SERVICES
SHARON BUTLER RICOH EUROPE
GRAEME CHISHOLM CBCRS
CARL D'AMMASSA ALDERMORE BANK
JO DAVIS LOCKE LORD
FOUNDER ANDREW DENTON ALFA plc
REV. DR. K. BILL DOST D&D LEASING
JOHN HOOPER INDEPENDENT
IAN ISAAC RBS
NATHAN MOLLET METRO BANK
CHAIR CAROL ROBERTS INDEPENDENT
MIKE RANDALL SIMPLY ASSET FINANCE
PAUL SLAPA WESLEYAN
IAN SMITH 1PM
FOUNDER PROFESSOR PETER THOMAS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
GAVIN WRAITH-CARTER HITACHI CAPITAL BUSINESS FINANCE

FELLOWS

The Leasing Foundation Fellowship, a community of exceptional business finance professionals, work with us on our programmes.  Fellowship is open to anyone, at any point in their career, who is willing to challenge current thinking and be an active advocate for the industry.

If you are interested in joining our community of over 150 Fellows from across the industry please email hello@leasingfoundation.org

LEADERSHIP

The Leasing Foundation Future Leaders is a programme of leadership development that identifies, nurtures and supports a network of exceptional people who are the future leaders of the industry. The programme is centred on authentic, relevant personal development and reflection.

This unique programme represents a cost-effective way to build your organisation’s leadership competencies at a fraction of the cost of traditional leadership development training.

“The Future Leaders programme program is a fantastic vehicle for taking motivated, intelligent people and giving them both a deeper understanding of the business finance market and a network of like minded individuals to help them as they develop their careers.”
PETER ALDERSON, WHITE OAK UK

“Future Leaders provides invaluable insight into many of the largest leasing businesses in Europe, and the opportunity to network with fellow cohort members and some of the top professionals in the industry is what really sets the course apart. As it is run by the industry, for the industry, I have felt from the outset that the senior figures taking part in the project take an interest in those who are involved and I have made some fantastic connections which I hope to maintain over my career.”
MATT WILLIAMS, CLOSE BROTHERS

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Future Leaders

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Future Leaders

EDUCATION

Digitalization is changing the nature of finance. Customers expect faster and more efficient online services and more flexible and innovative solutions. Faced with increased regulation, competitive pressures from new entrants, consolidation in the market and tighter margins, the industry is turning to new technologies such as blockchain, AI, cloud computing, big data analytics and mobile platforms. 

The MA Leasing and Asset Finance focuses on innovation, disruption and change in business finance and provides the most up-to-date high-level learning and development opportunity for professionals who want to influence change in the industry. 

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“At Aldermore we encourage our colleagues to ‘make a difference' for our customers and really look to grow and develop in their roles. When the Leasing Foundation launched the MA programme, we were delighted to support Jon Crook as part of the first cohort of students. The programme has been amazing, not only have we seen Jon grow and develop as an individual, he has – through his project work – been able to make a real difference for the business. The programme has encouraged Jon to challenge conventional thinking to resolve and improve some critical points of our service offering. That challenge posed by the MA project, has teased out other areas of focus and more opportunities for Aldermore to look at other adjacent activities and approaches which will materially and positively impact how we do business. The investment in Jon and his participation in this industry focused programme has delivered significant return on our initial investment – not only helping improve things for our customers but also seeing the development of one of our high potential next generation. We are looking forward to seeing more Aldermore citizens go through the programme, build their network and find themselves better placed to support emerging business opportunities and industry challenges.”

– Carl D'Ammassa, Group Managing Director, Aldermore Bank PLC

For more details of the course, including the application process, the structure of the course and fees, please visit
leasingfoundation.education

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION 

Our Diversity and inclusion initiative, encompassing sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, mental health, disability and age, helps companies in the asset finance industry to understand the business benefits of building inclusive leadership, management, organisations and teams and will help them embed inclusion and diversity into hiring, performance management, succession management, leadership development and learning.

The programme is led by Carol Roberts (Bibby Leasing), Jo Davis (Locke Lord) and Emma Thomas (Siemens Financial Services), working with diversity champions from across the industry.

In 2018, the Diversity and inclusion initiative will launch a research programme to understand diversity and inclusion in business finance organisations. The aim is to identify barriers and opportunities, uncover best practices and pinpoint interventions that work. The research is sponsored by Aldermore, Hitachi Capital Business Finance, WHITE PAK UK, Locke Lord LLP and The Leasing Foundation. 

You can lean more about the programme at

Diversity and Inclusion research programme 2018

To participate or learn more, contact Carol Roberts Foundation Chair

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Diversity and Inclusion

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

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The Leasing Foundation has created a vibrant culture of open discussion in which new ideas and approaches to business problems can be debated, discussed and challenged.

We've adopted THINK/FORWARD, the name of our most recent event, as the  banner for the Foundation's thought-leadership platform. We want THINK/FORWARD articles to paint a picture of the future, to explore the roadmap and to inspire and mobilise talented people in business finance to face up to, take on and conquer the big challenges they are collectively facing.

Thought leadership articles come from across and around the industry, and from anyone who can explore big issues in a challenging way.  

Visit site
thinkforward.leasingfoundation.org

Visit the Asset Finance Observatory
observatory.leasingfoundation.org

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Thought Leadership

GIVING 

The Foundation brings focus and organisation to charitable activities and helps the industry support new causes, events and charities.

Events including our annual Charity Christmas lunch events, annual conferences, lectures and other projects have raised almost £100,000 for causes including Macmillan Cancer Support, Karuna-Shechen, The Queen Square Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases and De Paul International.

If you would like to recommend a cause, event or activity we should be involved in, please contact us at giving@leasingfoundation.org

Me&MND
The Leasing Foundation supported research at The Queen Square Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases through the Me&MND project, in association with Close Leasing. mnd.leasingfoundation.org
At our second annual conference at Tours Société Générale, we donated EUR10,000 to Karuna-Shechen, an organisation founded by Mattieu Ricard that provides health care, education, and social services for the under-served people of India, Nepal, and Tibet.
Me&MND
The Foundation hosted the Inaugural Innovation in Finance Lecture by Lord Davis of Abersoch, raising funds for De paul International who provide safe shelter, accommodation, food and health services.
Through our Leasing Industry Charity Christmas Lunch we have for several years raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

YOUNG BUSINESS FINANCE PROFESSIONALS 

Young Business Finance Professionals is a network for high-calibre young business finance professionals.

The network holds events throughout the UK, and recently held an event in London attended by 90 young professionals. 

The aim is to help expand the personal networks of young professionals, to talk about career aspirations and challenges in a relaxed setting and to meet Fellows from the Leasing Foundation. The network is developing a Young Business Finance Professionals LinkedIn group which will include profiles of young movers and shakers and established industry leaders. 

“Young Business Finance professionals is a great way to meet people especially when you are new to the industry. The networking opportunities that the events provide are great and can’t be found in the industry conferences or elsewhere. I’d recommend anyone who wants to make contacts and learn about the industry to come along.”
NATHAN MOLLET, METRO BANK

Membership is free.

AWARDS 

The Leasing Foundation Awards recognise exceptional people and organisations who have nurtured, supported and developed the leasing and asset finance industry.

LEASING FOUNDATION AWARDS 2014

 European CEO of the Year
Jonathan Andrew
Siemens Financial Services


Leasing Foundation Awards 2015

European CEO of The Year
Carol Roberts
Bibby Leasing

Philanthropist of the Year
K. Bill Dost
D&D Leasing

Siemens Innovation and Service Excellence Business of the Year Funding Circle


Diversity Champion of the Year
RBS


Leasing Foundation Awards 2016


Gender Diversity Champions of the Year
Shire Leasing


Innovator of the Year
LDF


Philanthropist of the Year
Carl Daufer
Bibby Leasing


European CEO of the Year
Roger Skinner
Maxxia